Forget the political debate surrounding Obamacare. A poll of the doctors who will have to work most closely with the new laws shows that, even more than a year after passage, there’s not a lot of optimism that the health care law is going to improve much of anything.
69% of physicians are “pessimistic about the future of medicine” because of the 2010 healthcare law, notes Dr. Marc Siegel in USA Today. “Just 13% of those surveyed backed the Affordable Care Act.” “When surveyed by” the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, “83% of doctors said one likely change to the medical system as a result of the law would be increased wait times.” “73% said it would not reduce costs.”
The feelings of the medical professionals aren’t that far off the feelings of Americans in general:
The poll found unpopularity for last year’s health care reform bill, one of Obama’s major accomplishments. About half of the respondents oppose the health care law and support for it dipped to 29 percent from 36 percent in June. Just 15 percent said the federal government should have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance.
The more Americans get familiar with Obamacare the less they like it.